Archive for April, 2012

Famous NW Catering Co

April 30, 2012

Although the Famous Northwest Catering Company is mainly (duh) a catering business, they do have a take-out deli in Madison Valley. You can get lunch and dinner items to go, and those are pretty tasty, but don’t leave without some dessert. There are simple baked goods (I enjoyed the banana bread) and there are more complex cakes. It may not look like much – outside or inside – but I promise it’s worth a stop.

I was deliberating between Famous NW vs Oh! Chocolates, and decided to try compromise with a chocolate mousse “tower” from the Catering Company. I was very pleased with my selection:

I’m not generally a huge fan of chocolate mousse, but this was different. The mousse was layered with chocolate cake so that the texture was neither cake nor mousse, and the chocolate was of high quality. The cake was light but completely satisfying (although I wished I hadn’t agreed to split with my friend). On the next warm day, I’m heading here for picnic provisions to enjoy at nearby Madison Park.

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Nook

April 16, 2012

Blink and you’ll miss it. Nook, a tiny biscuit bakery in the U-District, is barely noticeable from the street, is closed Monday and Tuesday, and usually sells out around noon on the days it is open. I wondered, was it worth the effort? I’m not even a huge fan of biscuits. The answer is a resounding yes.  Nook, despite it’s hole-in-the-wall appearance, lives up to the hype. They offer freshly baked biscuit breakfast sandwiches covered in gravy, or plain with butter and jam:

The picture doesn’t even do it justice. This biscuit was the perfect amount of salty, buttery, flaky, sweet goodness.  I want to cry just thinking about it. The jam was really good too. I ate this perfect little snack right there in the shop – they do have limited seating – while I examined my surroundings.

They really don’t serve much other than biscuits, so don’t bring your gluten-free health-conscious friend here (unless you’re trying to bring them back to the dark side).  I wanted to try another variety, so I the special biscuit of the day to-go.

This is the Irish Soda and Currant biscuit, and it was still good the next day (when there was finally enough space in my tummy for it). Just heat it up, serve with butter, and you’ve got all the breakfast you’ll ever need!